401 City Center Blvd.
Newport News, VA 23606
Phone (757) 930-0820

Adath Jeshurun, the Virginia Peninsula’s first Jewish Congregation, is an Orthodox Synagogue founded in 1893. Its mission has been to reach out to Jews regardless of affiliation with a traditional and dynamic Judaism, which includes, but is not limited to, Services, Adult Education, festive gatherings on Shabbat and Jewish Holidays, and the development of personal relationships.

Synagogue facilities include a Mikvah, kosher meat and dairy kitchens, Judaic gift ship, library and social hall.

Its schedule is as follows:
9 AM Kabbalah class
9:30 AM Service
A Kiddush follows sevices.
There is a class and light dinner on Saturday afternoon.

8:30 AM morning services

The yearly highlights include a Sukkot dinner, Simchat Torah program and luncheon, Chanukah party, Ladies’ Auxiliary Birthday party, Purim Carnival and Purim Seudah, Shavuot all-night learning party and luncheon, and Summer Picnic.

Please call the synagogue for more information on any of these programs.

Congregation Emet v’Or

Jewish Reform Synagogue in Yorktown Virginia serving all of Hampton Roads, Virginia. A member of the Union for Reform Judaism

401 City Center Blvd.
Newport News, VA 23606
(757) 952-3737
Rabbi Scott Gurdin

Our Friday night services begin at 7:30PM.
Services are currently being housed at the United Jewish Community Center at 401 City Center Blvd., Newport News.

Mission: To create a community of positive, like-minded people to worship in the Reform Jewish tradition, educate our children, celebrate our holidays, milestones and traditions, be active in social action, and create a stronger sense of community.

Description: Congregation Emet v’Or is based on the idea of  “Truth & Light.” We are a brand new Congregation, worshiping in the Jewish Reform tradition. Our upbeat and friendly congregation welcomes interfaith, unaffiliated and military members to worship along with us!

Congratulations Rob Keene, Emet v’Or Music Director, on his new position as artistic director and conductor of the Williamsburg Women’s Chorus.  Please read the  wonderful article in the Virginia Gazette.


A USCJ Conservative Synagogue
318 Whealton Road
Hampton Virginia 23666
(757) 826-5894
Web site:
Rabbi Gilah Dror

A warm, welcoming congregation, Rodef Sholom Temple is steeped in the rich traditions of Conservative Judaism offering a wide variety of spiritual, educational, cultural, and social programs. Its services are egalitarian and participatory. All members have the opportunity to read Torah, lead services, and receive Aliyot.

Shabbat is welcomed with a festive Kabbalat service and Oneg Shabbat. After Saturday services, a Kiddush luncheon is sponsored by Sisterhood. Tot Shabbat and Junior Congregation programs encourage the participation of its children. Morning services are held Monday and Thursday at 7:45, followed by breakfast where everyone can relax and “schmooze” prior to work or play. Congregational dinners provide opportunities to experience Shabbat and holidays as a community.

Rodef Sholom’s religious school provides classes for students in grades pre-K-10. Bar/Bat Mitzvah and Confirmation students receive intensive instruction from the Rabbi. It offers local and regional Kadima and USY youth activities. This year the Rabbi will teach 2 mini-courses and a monthly Torah study following Shabbat services.

The Gemillut Hassidim committee performs “acts of loving kindness,” assisting members who are ill, convalescing, or mourning. Transportation is available for members to attend services or activities.

Sisterhood produces “A Night of Comedy”- an evening of comedy improve open to the whole community, with professional comedians and great food!”
Men’s Club offers the opportunity to study with the Rabbi and participate in various social and fundraising events.

Rodef Sholom Temple is committed to the creative integration of traditional Judaism and contemporary American life. Please visit or call to learn more.


600 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg, Virginia 23185
(757) 220-1205

Rabbi David Katz – Email
President: David Wunibald – Email
Education Director: Jessica Malkin – Email

Temple Beth El is committed to being a partner in creating a world of Shalom — peace, harmony and balance — through Jewish worship, study and acts of kindness. Its mission statement reflects the Talmudic wisdom that it is “shutafim b’ma’ aseh bereshit,” which translates as “partners in creation.” Its congregants are dedicated to working together to make the world a better place.

Temple Beth El is committed to exploring the vitality of contemporary Jewish expression. It has chosen to be an unaffiliated congregation in order to best serve the spiritual needs of a diverse community. Its congregation embraces Jews of many backgrounds and many interfaith families. In its worship services they celebrate the power of the Hebrew language and it uses the prayer books published by the Reconstuctionist movement.

This energetic congregation continues to launch new social and community building activities. It sponsors a Jewish film festival annually and members have formed adult and youth Klezmer bands, a choir and several book clubs. Its men’s and women’s groups are active. With a steadily growing congregation, it is planning an expansion to the present synagogue. Temple Beth El welcomes you to join in exploring and celebrating our faith!


11620 Warwick Blvd.
Newport News, Virginia 23601
(757) 596-8352
Temple Administrator, Mary Beth Colgan: Email
Séverine Sokol, Rabbi, Temple Sinai

Temple Sinai, the established Reform congregation on the Peninsula since 1955, welcomes you as a visitor or member.   We welcome ALL Jews and anyone who wants to learn about our religion.   Temple Sinai provides a way to worship God, celebrate your Judaism, and find support throughout your Jewish life cycle.  We are affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism and our beautiful building is on the National Register of Historic Places.

We observe Shabbat on Friday evenings at 7:30 pm, except (usually) second Saturday of each month at 10 am.  We use the Mishkan T’filah prayerbook, featuring Hebrew and English prayers, songs, and transliteration.  Members may volunteer to assist in Services or even lead.   Oneg Shabbat at 6:45 pm precedes most Friday services.  See our website for variations or call the office for specific times.

For members, religious school is free with small classes, under the direction of Rabbi Sokol.  In addition to teaching there, she also leads two series of adult education classes this year.  Our programs include community dinners, holiday celebrations, and movies and musical events.   We originated and co-sponsor the Jewish Book Council series on the Peninsula.  The Sisterhood and Brotherhood play a major role in the congregation.   The monthly Brotherhood breakfast features speakers, and the Sisterhood hosts Rosh Chodesh gatherings and leads excursions for the Congregation.  Our Caring Committee assists members with mitzvot.  We actively support Social Action causes such as PORT, Transitions, and Jewish Family Services.